China Wants to Open its Cloud Services Market to EU Companies

China’s opening to European investment, the Investment Agreement between China and the EU promises, includes market access in many sectors – including cloud services and other online services. China has agreed to open its cloud services sector to EU investment up to a 50% cap. The entry into force of the CAI may thus create… Continue reading China Wants to Open its Cloud Services Market to EU Companies

The Long Arm of the Law: New Draft Law on the Protection of Personal Data

China continues to improve data protection with the Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL). The law, along with the Cyber Security Law and the Data Security Law (still in draft form), will further strengthen personal data protection and have a profound impact on companies inside and outside China.  Foreign companies need to pay particular attention to… Continue reading The Long Arm of the Law: New Draft Law on the Protection of Personal Data

China’s National Security Law: Restrictions on Data and Technology

The National Security Law (NSL), which came into force in June 2020, has implications for Hong Kong-based businesses in terms of technology and data. For example, Internet service providers must now grant the authorities access to user data and review their cross-border data flows. Technology companies must restructure their business activities if Western export bans… Continue reading China’s National Security Law: Restrictions on Data and Technology

China’s New Data Protection Law Requires More Compliance

The National People’s Congress presented the draft for the new Data Security Law (DSL) in July 2020. In contrast to the Cyber Security Law (CSL), which has been in force since 2017, the Data Security Law will regulate all data activities within the country. The scope of the new DSL law is thus exceptionally broad:… Continue reading China’s New Data Protection Law Requires More Compliance

The Wirecard Case Promotes the Compliance also in China

The Wirecard affair is also making waves in China. The now insolvent company was to be the first German payment service provider to enter the Chinese market. In addition to the Chinese company Allscore Payment Services, which was taken over in November 2019, Wirecard also cooperated with Chinese giants such as Alipay, WeChat Pay and… Continue reading The Wirecard Case Promotes the Compliance also in China

Cybersecurity Law: Company Inspections by the Chinese Police

With a new regulation on the Cybersecurity Law enforcement, China enables the state police, Public Security Bureaus (PSB), to inspect companies in regard to their cybersecurity compliance. The regulation comes into force on November 1, 2018 and aims at Internet providers and “network using companies”. The definition of network using companies however is extremely vague… Continue reading Cybersecurity Law: Company Inspections by the Chinese Police

China’s Cybersecurity Law – More Clarification to Come

China’s NITSSTC (National Information Security Standardization Technical Committee) published new standards on Cybersecurity Law as draft for the solicitation of public opinion. The new standards cover some topics that many international companies with operations in China were wrestling with in the last couple of months. As the Cybersecurity Law contains a lot of vague expressions… Continue reading China’s Cybersecurity Law – More Clarification to Come